Minnesota Hospital Association


July 05, 2016

MHA Newsline: July 5, 2016

In this issue 

Cuyuna Regional Medical Center honored with MHA Community Benefit Award

The Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) in May honored innovative programs and outstanding leaders in health care at its 32nd annual awards ceremony.   

Seventeen awards were given for extraordinary achievement in categories ranging from advocacy on behalf of hospitals and volunteerism to innovation and improvement in patient care and patient safety.

Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby received the Community Benefit Award in the small hospital category, which recognizes hospitals for working beyond their physical walls to improve the health and well-being of their communities. 

When the final school bells ring and summer break begins, more than half the 1,033 youth in Cuyuna Regional Medical Center's service area are at risk of going hungry. Six hundred students receive free or reduced-cost meals through the National School Lunch Program, but none of these kids receive meals through the summer months. As part of Cuyuna Regional Medical Center's commitment to keeping kids healthy, the hospital partnered with area churches to provide nutritious meals to kids and teens throughout the summer and continued its commitment by also providing basic needs to students over holiday breaks and free food during community events.   

Cuyuna Regional Medical Center's overall goal is to promote and improve the health and well-being of the community by ensuring that young people's basic nutrition needs are met. Meals are prepared with input from a CRMC registered dietitian who emphasizes appropriate portion sizes and encourages youth to drink water instead of sugar-sweetened beverages. The Lunch Bunch provided 3,820 nutritious meals to kids in the summer of 2015, as well as meals to nearly 2,000 people at two community events during the year.   

Additional award winners will be profiled in upcoming issues of Newsline. To learn more about the award winners, visit the MHA websitereturn to top   

Web conference on MACRA’s changes to reimbursement scheduled for July 19

Matt Anderson, senior vice president for policy and strategy, MHA, and Dr. Rahul Koranne, senior vice president of clinical affairs and chief medical officer, MHA, will present at a web conference on the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) and its impact on physician reimbursement on July 19 from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.   

Under MACRA the vast majority of clinicians will receive a composite score based on multiple measures of quality, clinical practice improvement activities, resource use and deployment of certified electronic health record (EHR) technology. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will use the composite scores to positively or negatively adjust Medicare reimbursement rates starting in 2019. Hospitals, health systems and clinicians should work now to understand the scoring and payment methodologies laid out in the proposed rule because the first payment adjustments will be based on clinicians’ performance in 2017.   

MHA provided comments and advice to CMS regarding development of these payment reforms. MHA’s comment letter can be found online.   

The July 19 webinar will provide an overview of the proposed rule, review how the reimbursement changes will impact clinicians as well as hospitals and health systems and highlight factors providers should consider to prepare for 2019.   F

or more information, view the brochure or visit MHA’s website, click “Calendar of Events” and select the program title. Please note that you must log in to register for a program. return to top   

MHA member feedback helps drive AHE reporting system improvements

MHA members provided input and guidance to the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) that resulted in the July 1 implementation of improvements to the statewide adverse health events (AHE) reporting system.   

“The AHE reporting system provides a strong framework for learning and continuous quality improvement,” said Dr. Rahul Koranne, chief medical officer, MHA. “The shared goal of MHA and our partners at MDH and Stratis Health is ensuring that the processes associated with reporting bring the greatest learning to hospitals and health systems so that we can continuously improve patient care.”   

The improvements are designed to focus the system more closely on learning and quality improvement while streamlining data entry processes. While Stratis Health’s role in the AHE reporting process previously emphasized data review, the organization will now provide more hands-on, consultative support to hospitals.   

“MHA’s Registry Advisory Committee played an instrumental role in shaping these improvements by working very closely with MDH leaders,” said Koranne. “The leadership demonstrated by this committee was critical to advancing changes that will benefit all hospitals and health systems, ultimately improving the care that we provide to our patients and communities throughout Minnesota.”   

More in-depth information about the registry changes was shared with MHA members with primary patient safety responsibilities. To learn more, contact Dr. Rahul Koranne, chief medical officer, MHA, 651-659-1445, or Tania Daniels, vice president of quality and patient safety, MHA, 651-603-3517. return to top   

Nominations open for CHAIN Award for Excellence in Infection Prevention

Nominations are open for the CHAIN Award for Excellence in Infection Prevention, a new award presented by the Collaborative Healthcare-Associated Infections Network (CHAIN).   

Formed in 2011, CHAIN represents a partnership led by the Minnesota Chapter of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC-Minnesota), MDH, MHA and Stratis Health. CHAIN develops and helps implement effective approaches for eliminating healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) in Minnesota. This year, CHAIN is specifically focused on reducing and preventing catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI) and the spread of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI).   

The CHAIN Award for Excellence in Infection Prevention recognizes the HAI prevention initiatives of individual health care professionals or teams in hospital settings who are working to build a safer overall health care environment through the reduction of CAUTI and/or the spread of CDI.   

Hospital leaders and staff may submit nominations online through Sept. 1. The award will be presented at the CHAIN Fall Conference on Sept. 28.   

After the conference, nominations for future awardees will be accepted on an ongoing basis, with updated information made available on the CHAIN website. CHAIN members will regularly review all nominations for key learnings and innovative strategies that contribute to HAI prevention. Promising practices and findings will be shared to promote learning and improve health care across Minnesota. return to top